|Fig.1. Rope poster|
|Fig.2. Uneasy Philip and over-confident Brandon|
Whilst the situations evolve around the murder of their 'friend', the goal later becomes to include their old housemaster into their plans due to this 'inferior' and 'superior' mentality. It is the same idea that inspired the murder in the first instance. One that had originated from the housemaster himself, though he never saw the flawed logic until it was put in practise by Brandon. This film, as Dennis Schwartz said, "dallies around arguments about Nietzschean philosophy, his "Superman" theory, in order to take down that elitist belief as possibly being used in the wrong way to justify criminal acts" (Schwartz, 2008).
|Fig.3. Publisher, James Stewart interrogating the two boys|
Hitchcock tested himself and, as Emanuel Levy said, "his medium by working in tough, confined spaces, as was evident in 'Lifeboat,' set entirely in a lifeboat" (Levy, 2005). He restricted himself to a single room, with minimal editing with the cleverly cut shots occurring in dark scenes or behind someone, to dispel the thought of a short lifespan of the film reels. The long shots convey a sense of real time, and that there is a continuous and constant threat of tension.
A masterpiece that did not follow the traditions of editing and is complimented for such thing, Rope creates tension and suspense the moment it begins and successfully maintains it throughout. Cleaver witty lines and quality star acting are the icing on the cake for this classic.
Figure 1. Alfred Hitchcock (1948) Rope Poster. At: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8e/Rope2.jpg
Figure 2. Alfred Hitchcock (1948) Uneasy Philip and over-confident Brandon. At: http://www.moviereleses.com/images/cache/screen_image_332722.jpg
Figure 3. Alfred Hitchcock (1948) Publisher, James Stewart interrogating the two boys. At: http://cdn.mos.totalfilm.com/images/r/rope-1948--02-645-75.jpg
Bosley Crowther (2000) New York Times. At: http://www.nytimes.com/library/film/081748hitch-rope-review.html
Dennis Schwartz (2008) Ozus' World Movie Reviews. At: http://homepages.sover.net/~ozus/rope.htm
Emanuel Levy (2005) Emanuel Levy Cinema 24/7. At: http://www.emanuellevy.com/review/rope-4/